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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Twenty of the Best Christmas Books (ever!)
Our team shares a love of books. And a love of Christmas! So it seems we had a natural conversation we were waiting to share. We asked our team for their absolute, very, very (!) favourite Christmas books. Because the season goes by in a heartbeat, and with time spent rushing to school fairs and ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
The seasonal table, and felt ornaments from Crafspring. For decoration or play!
We love having a seasonal table set up in our house. We gather finds from nature, and we display them together with some sweet felt or wooden artefacts. I have boxes in storage marked 'Autumn', 'Halloween', 'Christmas', etc. -- and it's such a fun event every season, to rediscover what's inside and create a new ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Some yummy seasonal cookies
We love baking during the Christmas season and these two cookie recipes we make every year. Speculaas (just like pepernoten) are very specific to December as we relate them to Sinterklaas, but where pepernoten really only hit the scene when the Saint is in town, we like to enjoy speculaas the rest of the year as ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy Christmas craft: ribbon and stick christmas trees
Around this time every year we take our kids off to our local garden center to pick out a small Christmas tree for the corner of their bedroom. I did the same growing up and I can remember the excitement of choosing my very own tree, opening my special box of decorations and falling asleep ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Keeping Christmas Simple -- with Simple Matters author Erin Boyle
  Meet Erin Boyle, mama of one with another one on the way, friend of Babyccino, and author of both the fabulous blog, Reading My Tea Leaves and the super inspiring book called Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more. We recently reached out to Erin to ask for her expert advice on simplifying ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Our activity advent calendar -- redesigned and ready to print!
Two years ago I started our first activity advent calendar and it has quickly become a firm family tradition. The children are so excited each morning of advent -- taking turns to open an envelope and discovering what special thing we'll be doing that day. This year, I wanted to make a bit more of ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
KalenderHaus, a beautiful advent activity by Clever Gretel
We just enjoyed a lovely long weekend, in which we didn't do much more than cozying up inside our house in our pyjamas. The children played together endlessly -- they built huts, set up a shop, made a city on our living room floor using masking tape, set up their Playmobil horse farm, crafted mini ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Our annual Holiday Gift Guides!
I am literally still finding places to stash the Halloween candies away... and holiday season is already slowly making its way into our consciousness. To top it all off, it has even started snowing in Paris! Not long and it did not settle -- but enough to get us into the mood and bring out ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Last-Minute Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Ornament
December hasn’t been on my side too much this year. I came down with a really bad cold and my immune system has crashed completely. But I’m finally feeling better after a few long weeks and even though Christmas is behind us already (can you believe it?!) we just started with our December crafts. Holidays ...
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BOOKS
Christmas Eve at The Mellops', written by Tomi Ungerer
I recently read an article on the Icelandic tradition of gifting a book on Christmas Eve and then spending the evening reading it. Isn't it such a lovely idea? The thought of each of us cosying up on Christmas Eve with the fire lit and the tree lights sparkling, reading a new book is just ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Thoughtful and beautiful gift boxes from The London Gifting Studio
To give, but mostly to receive a gift that was chosen with care, with love, with attention to detail, with just that extra something, is so, so special. A gift that has meaning, a purpose, that is (and becomes) an experience and a memory -- those kind of gifts are the best ones. But which busy parent has the ...
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CELEBRATIONS
First day of Advent (and the sweetest Christmas calendar from Fabelab)
Last year I blogged about our last minute advent calendar -- not a calendar filled with gifts and sweets, but one filled with little notes suggesting a daily activity to get us in the mood for Christmas. It was a huge success and a tradition was born, so I just (quite last minute again!) put ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our Advent Activity Calendar
I loved Esther’s post last year about an Advent Activity Calendar! We have done a similar idea for a few years now (unfortunately not so beautifully designed!). I bought a Maileg Advent garland (a little bit like this one) and in every pocket the children find a sweet treat and an Advent activity for us ...
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BOOKS
Christmas Book Advent Calendar (Updated)
I wrote my first post for Babyccino on 29th November 2009 (I can’t believe it – almost 6 years ago!) and it was about an idea that I had to wrap up 24 Christmas themed books to create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Well the idea is still going strong in our house and as ...
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BABY
2015 Holiday Gift Guides now live!
Can you believe we're talking about the holidays already?!! I can hardly believe it's November and time to start thinking about holiday gift-buying. Sinterklaas arrives in The Netherlands in just over a month's time, Hannukah starts around that same time, and then Christmas comes just after that. It's time to get busy! The good news ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Last-Minute Christmas DIY: Hand Print Santa Ornaments
A couple of years ago my sister-in-law and I decided to start a tradition of no gift buying for us adults for Christmas. Or at least no big ones. It can be something tiny like our favorite chocolate or tea or something of that sort or we can make them ourselves. So this year I ...
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BERLIN
A Berlin Christmas market
Our new Amsterdam team-member Nina just sent me some photos of her visit to the Christmas markets in Berlin, and I just had to share them with you here! I've never been to a German Christmas market, but now that I saw these photos I just know we'll have to go next year. Aren't they just amazing? ...
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BOOKS
Our favourite Christmas books
We keep our Christmas books tucked away on the bookshelf behind our sofa all year long until the start of December when we dust them off and stack them up on our coffee table. I think the fact that they're hidden away for 11 months of the year makes it that much more special when we finally bring ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Last minute advent activity calendar
Tomorrow is the start of advent -- only 25 days to go 'til Christmas! We do have an advent tradition in our family -- my mum always had an advent wreath on the table with 4 candles in a circle, and one candle was lit on every Sunday in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy Holidays shoot by Maud Fontein (again at the ShopUp!)
Here are my four babies photographed by Maud Fontein for this year's Happy Holidays shoot. They've grown a bit since last year, haven't they? I'm always impressed by how Maud can take such sweet photos of all my kids -- she is so wonderful, makes children so quickly at ease. My kids actually look forward to going ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our 2014 Gift Guides!
It's almost incredible that it's that time of year again, but yes it is. Christmas is creeping up on us. Only 7 weeks to go!! Time to get organised... We've tried to make selecting presents for the little ones in your life as easy as possible, by creating four Gift Guides filled with amazing gift ideas. There's one for boys, ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Advent Calendars. Time to start planning!
December is still six weeks away, and I'm refusing to start thinking about Christmas just yet (I saw the Christmas decorations up on Oxford street earlier this week and it didn't seem possible! Can it really be that time of year already?!). But... I do love Advent calendars -- it's one of my favourite Christmas traditions. ...
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CELEBRATIONS
XL angels by Jurianne Matter
Jurianne Matter is a Dutch designer and I'm a big fan of her work. The clever ways she uses paper and patterns is just wonderful! These XL angels are new in her collection and are such a lovely way to decorate your house for the holidays. If you don't know Jurianne's work yet, check out ...
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We're in Brooklyn for the second day of @theshopup and we're enjoying every second of it! Holiday shopping is the best here We're open until 4pm, come and say hi! ( @zoandav) #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Get your Christmas presents done and spoil your little ones at @theshopup today! We're in New York and we've lined up the best children's boutiques under one roof to make your life easier. Doors open at 10am, entry is free, and there are tons of fun activities for your kids! #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Just the perfect photo for a cute Holiday card! Did you know you could have your family pictures taken at @theshopup today thanks to @artifactuprising? Come and join us from 10am today in Brooklyn, @501union. Get all your Holiday shopping done and enjoy some yummy treats while you're at it! #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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What a magical day we had yesterday at @theshopup in New York! From stylish clothing to the cutest Holiday decorations, we couldn't get enough of the beautiful boutiques there! We're back today from 10am for more shopping, arts & crafts, delicious treats We're in Brooklyn @501union, see you there! #TheShopUp #theshopupNY (thanks for the gorgeous photos @laurenkallen)
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And our New York Holiday @theshopup is open!Come until 6pm to sort your holiday shopping in one fell swoop! We've lined up more than 30 stylish children's boutiques to make your life easier in this busy December month. Kids will have the best time too with fun activities so bring the whole family! Entry is FREE as usual! (thanks for the lovely photo @cloth) #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Calling all NYC families! Join us today and tomorrow at @501union for our Holiday edition of @theshopup! More than 30 stylish, independent children's boutiques, fun activities, yummy food and so much more Doors open at 12pm, entry is FREE and we're waiting for you! Follow the link in profile to check out all the details🇺🇸 #TheShopUp #theshopupNY
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Get some magic into your little one's bedroomThis stunning quilted baby blanket from @forivor is reversible - on one side, a lovely woodland scene where wildlife hides in the undergrowth and up in the branches of the trees. On the other side, a place of wonder with fantastical creatures in an enchanted forest!🦄 A wonderful piece for magical bedtime stories, and a truly special gift for baby this Christmas #babyccinoboutiques
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"A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart. And so we’re building a new heart.” Read about Books Are Magic, a wonderful local bookstore that has recently opened in Brooklyn, NY - follow the link in profile to our New York city guide! (and if you're in New York tomorrow Sunday and Monday, don't miss @theshopup, we're back for a special Holiday edition) #babyccinocityguides #newyorkcity #newyorkwithkids
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How to keep Christmas simple? Last year we asked Erin Boyle (@readtealeaves), author of 'Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more', to share her expert advice. Find out about her Ten Simple Christmas tips to keep the joy in Christmas, and the excess indulgences out Link to blog post in profile! #christmas
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Christmas wrapping with brown postal paper and red Winterberry branches
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If you’re looking for dreamy nightwear you are in the right place! UK brand Faune creates nighties and pyjamas full to the brim with beautiful detail.
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DandelionBabas make 100% eco-friendly, 100% wool felt cute accessories to help mark - and make - a special day. Their completely handmade celebration crowns can be used for every birthday and every family member. Birthday crowns come complete with a slot into which you can insert the relevant numbers. What a great way to create a tradition and a photo series of your little one’s childhood!
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Yesterday was an absolutely amazing morning for all of us!  With our entire team in London, we gathered with friends, shop members and fellow bloggers to celebrate the past ten years of our little company.  It was such an honour for us to be surrounded by so many inspiring people and to really celebrate the …
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These Christmas books are a part of our family traditions, ones we would read over and over. We asked our team for their absolute, very, very (!) favourite Christmas books, here is the list.
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Everyone loves decorating for Christmas, but there’s always that fine line between festive and tacky that we daren’t cross! We’ve found some of our favourite Scandinavian-style decorations that will lead you to a classy Christmas.
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
8 months ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
1 year ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
1 year ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
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Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients: a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil 1 butternut squash 1 red onion 2 red peppers 2 garlic cloves 4 vine tomatoes 150g quinoa sea salt & freshly ground pepper 300 ml vegetable stock 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g raisins 80g black olives And for the garnish: a handful of chervil feta (optional) Directions: Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks. Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking. Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like! A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages! Bon appétit!
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